I recently returned from the National Software Testing conference which was held in London May 20-21. This was not only the first overseas conference I attended it was also my first "personal" encounter with testers, QA managers and other people related to the testing community. Up until now it has all been "digital" conversations across various platforms.
I took away two major points from the conference, one professional and the other more social in nature...
Professionally The “hot” topic that seemed to be on everyone’s mind was “Agile Testing”.
One of the statements that resonated with me the most from one of the sessions, was that just because you decide to “work Agile” doesn't mean you skip the test planning stage and do everything “on the go”. It is still crucial to define requirements and user stories. If you don’t define your mission how can you know it has been completed?
In fact, I think Agile is a phrase that many like to state they follow, but in reality they either don't really implement Agile practices properly or they misunderstand what testing Agile really means. What do you think?
Socially, I got a great sense of camaraderie among attendees. The impressions was that we were all united in the sense of feeling under-appreciated or misunderstood as a profession. This is a tough truth to handle since it can definitely influence job motivation and performance.
Improving cross department communication and work procedures is the key to being more valued but is very challenging and there is no “one size” solution. I would be happy to hear from anyone out there who wishes to share their found solution for improving communication between development, testing and management.
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